Stormy space weather disrupts satellites, study suggests

09/17/2013 | Space.com

Turbulent space weather may be behind the recent failures of satellites used to beam television and Internet signals to Earth, according to a study by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Researchers gathered information about space weather conditions at the time of 26 failures over 16 years in eight Inmarsat satellites and found that the glitches coincided with high-energy electron activity during the solar cycle's declining phases.

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